We’re used to seeing polar bears in snowy, icy landscapes. But during the summer months, polar bears in Northern Canada’s Hudson Bay can be found playing in gorgeous flower fields of Fireweed, and munching on freshly caught fish.
“Most people are familiar with shots of polar bears in the ice and snow of Hudson Bay in Northern Canada and in other polar regions,” wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Fast, who took these incredible photos, told MyModernMet.
“They are so ingrained in people’s minds that you might think the North experiences only winter.”
So Fast decided to show his favorite creatures having fun in the sun, highlighting their playful side.
“Polar bears will play with anything in their environment. I have seen a huge male hold several blades of grass in his giant paws and chew on them for a long time as though he enjoyed the texture.”
“On another occasion, I laughed out loud as I watched a relaxed polar bear bare his teeth to pluck a single flower from a stem of fireweed blossoms and roll it around between his lips! Perhaps he viewed it as an appetizer.”
“In the end, I hope my photos inspire people to care about all wildlife and to do their part in ensuring that they are around for all future generations. It would be a shame to lose something as iconic as the polar bear.”
See more of Fast’s incredible work on his website.